by Starr Ramos

The dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” is argued to be a myth, but it’s a reality for many college students. As you’re adjusting to the college lifestyle, what you eat may not be one of your top priorities, especially when you finally have the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want whenever you want.

Here are some of the factors that contribute to the Freshman Fifteen and some ways you can avoid it.

Eating Habits

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it. It opens up your metabolism and prepares you for the day. Skipping breakfast will only lead to you being more hungry. This can cause you to snack or eat more than you might have if you’d had eaten breakfast.

Don’t drink your calories. Try not to consume too many energy drinks or lattes from Starbucks or Pete’s. Watch your alcohol intake, because the calories add up quickly, especially in beer. Instead, drink lots of water. This is a simple trick that can help improve your appetite.

It is no surprise that the food on campus is not always the healthiest, but try your best to choose wisely. Eat in moderation and during reasonable hours. This means no late night snacks. Aim to have breakfast between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will definitely make a difference.

Sleeping Habits

While you may be tempted to stay up binge watching Netflix or scrolling through all your social media apps, fight the urge. Make sure to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep at night.

Exercising Habits

One of the best ways to maintain your weight is exercising. Try to come up with a gym schedule that aligns with your classes or get friends to accompany you. You can also check out workout classes that the school gym has to further motivate you.

Now you know how to avoid the “Freshman Fifteen,” but it’s up to you to put in the work. Good luck.

Check out our recommended exercise routine here.


A version of this post originally appeared in “Tenacity” The Teller October 2019 Issue #7

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